Over the years, we have witnessed renowned contemporary artist, Esther Mahlangu’s inspiring journey within the creative space. We’ve seen her add her distinctive touch on a number of local and globally acclaimed brand products; from British luxury vehicle brand, Rolls-Royce, to Albany Bakeries and British Airways.
Here, we take a look at some of our favourite Esther Mahlangu collaborations:
Esther Mahlangu x BMW Art Car
26 years ago, Dr. Mahlangu became the first woman to design artwork on a BMW 525i Sedan, turning the vehicle into a unique, colourful moving piece of art. In 2016, the brand commissioned her once again to refine a BMW 7 Series, which was displayed at the Frieze Art Fair, taking place in London that same year. Alongside the BMW 7 Series, the original BMW 525i Art Car was also part of the exhibition.
Esther Mahlangu x Rolls-Royce
She was recently commissioned by the British luxury vehicle brand, to add her unique touch to the new Rolls-Royce Phantom. She became the first South African artist to be commissioned to create a painting for Rolls-Royce’s Phantom. The ‘Mahlangu’ Phantom was unveiled in February 2020, at The Melrose Gallery at One&Only, Cape Town, where it was on display from 13 to 16 February.
Esther Mahlangu x Belvedere Vodka & John Legend
In 2017, the legendary contemporary artist teamed up with Belvedere and award-winning singer and Belvedere Red ambassador, John Legend for the #MakeADifference campaign. Her Ndebele-inspired artwork was displayed on a limited range of Belvedere bottles, where 50% of the proceeds went towards fighting Aids.
Esther Mahlangu x Albany
In celebration of Heritage Month last year, Albany Bakeries, in partnership with Dr. Mahlangu awarded the Albany Packaging Award to NSA student, Jiyaad Greeff. Young artists were briefed to create a design inspired by the work of Esther Mahlangu. The brand printed the packaging of its Albany Superior White and Albany Superior Brown bread with the winner’s design.
Esther Mahlangu x British Airways
In 1997, Dr. Mahlangu’s paintings were showcased on the tails of British Airways airplanes.
Esther Mahlangu x Eytys
The Swedish sneaker brand commissioned Dr. Mahlangu to create a special pair of sneakers embroidered with the artist’s unique artwork.